William Dunham

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William Dunham, PGM,
William Dunham, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1877

William Dunham was born in Vermont in 1824. He came to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he married and resided for several years. Later, he moved to Fenton, and then to Manistee where he lived for fourteen years. During that time he held the Offices of County Clerk and Register of Deeds. Later, he entered the banking business. Later, he returned to Grand Rapids and organized the Fifth National Bank. He was President for four years. Later, he became the President of the Dean Printing and Publishing Company and served in that capacity for six years.

In 1861 he went to the front as Captain of the Third Michigan Cavalry, but after a little over one year’s service he was disabled and obliged to return home.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Grand River Lodge, No. 34, on March 4, 1857. He was a charter member of the Genesee Chapter and Genesee Commandery; was prominent in the organization of the Lodge and Chapter in Manistee, being its Worshipful Master in 1869; and a charter member of the Chapter, and its High Priest for several terms; and was Thrice Illustrious Master of Manistee Council, No. 46, Royal and Select Masons, for many years. In 1877 he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge.

He was President of the Michigan Masonic Home Association from its inception in 1891. He was one of the very first to urge the establishment of the Home, and helped in every way to get the Association started upon a practical basis.

He died on June 30, 1905.

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